2024 West U Kindergarten Round-Up

  • For those of you who couldn't make it:

    Principal Disch's Presentation

    Kindergarten Teacher Presentation

    Parent Packet

    Fill out this form, and we will email you when Entering Kinder GT testing will begin and when registration opens for the 2024-25 school year.

    When: Wednesday, January 31, 2024, 9:00-10:00 AM

    Where: West U Cafeteria.  Parents may check in at the front desk beginning at 8:45 AM.

    Who: All WUES-zoned families interested in kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year.

    What: Parents will receive information on the following:


    There will be a presentation by Principal Disch, the PTO President, the PTO President-Elect, and kindergarten teachers.


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Q&A from Previous Round-Ups

  • Do we need to be zoned to West U to apply for GT & to attend classes?
    ➤ West University is a neighborhood school. We do not have a Vanguard/Magnet program. Yes, you must be zoned to West U to apply to test for GT here and to enroll.

    Is registration guaranteed as long as you have a West U-zoned address?
    ➤ No.

    We are in the process of buying a home in the West U school zone. Can we use the purchase contract for GT registration?
    ➤ No. Contact the school for which you are currently zoned to find out their requirements. https://schoolfinder.houstonisd.org/Dashboard

    Is the registration for kindergarten lottery-based or based on the number of classrooms at the school?
    ➤ There is no lottery for kindergarten. 

    If my child is in PreK already, do I need to re-enroll her for Kinder?
    ➤ If they are in West U's PreK program, and you are zoned to West U, then no.

    What is the max age limit for starting Kindergarten?
    ➤ Students must be at least 5 by September 1, 2024, with a maximum age of 6.

    How many students are in each class?
    ➤ We try to keep the class size at 22 students.

    Does each kindergarten class have a teacher & aid or teacher only?
    ➤ Teacher only

    What is the reading/writing curriculum used?
    ➤ You can visit HISD's curriculum webpage for more information: https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/69564

    What protocols are in place for children with food allergies?
    ➤ All families complete a food allergy form and turn it in at the beginning of the school year.  Reach out to Nurse Paula pbottece@houstonisd.org if you have specific concerns/needs.

    Is there a nut allergy policy?
    ➤ Per classroom.

    How will we know when the open house will be held? 
    ➤ Our Meet the Teacher event is held the week before schools starts.  It will be announced via the Mustang News:  http://wues.org/subscribe

    Will we be able to walk our kindergartners into school on their first day at a new school next year?
    ➤ Yes

    Do the kids need to wear a uniform?
    ➤ We do not have a school uniform, but we do have a dress code that is posted on the school website. https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/199176

    What time can we drop our kid off for school?
    ➤ The first bell to enter the building is at 7:30 AM and the tardy bell is 7:40 AM. Breakfast is available starting at 7:00 AM in the MPR.

    Is it expected that the child can read and/or write by kindergarten?
    ➤ No

    Is there an ESL program for kindergarten? Must children be pre-tested?
    ➤ Yes, we do have students who are ESL in kindergarten. We do not have an "ESL class”. Our ESL coordinator contacts families once all paperwork for enrollment has been submitted.